In Los Angeles, police say they are searching for a suspect in the killing of a transgender person last week. Thirty-two-year-old Cassidy Nathan Vickers was shot in the chest in Hollywood late Thursday night. Vickers died of the gunshot wound. In this year alone, 221 transgender people from 26 countries have been killed, according to the Trans Murder Monitoring Project, though it warns the number is likely higher. This Sunday cities across the world marked the international Transgender Day of Remembrance, in memory of those murdered due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Events took place in Melbourne, Calgary, Hong Kong, Manila, Warsaw and elsewhere. US cities also took part, including Baltimore, the scene of a number of high profile hate crimes. Caroline Temmermand, division chief of Arlington County Parks and Natural Resources, said the dayâs event was a painful, but important reminder.
âWhen thereâs memorials for folks, it just, tonightâs event just brings all that back to me and I donât want to go to them, I donât want to see them and yet I have to, cause I canât let those people die and not realize that itâs, not recognizing that they they were just trying to be themselves and somebody killed them for that.â
While murder is the most extreme manifestation of prejudice against transgender people, more common forms can include expulsion from public schools, harassment, and limited job opportunities. Monica Yorkman was also at the Baltimore event.
âSo I really think we need to get over ourselves. We spend so much time defining who we are, we already know who we are: weâre all human beings.â
The day of remembrance in Baltimore received official recognition from the mayorâs office and organizers said they hope that it will also pressure the city and state to effectively provide better housing, employment and health options specifically for the transgender community.